Phobia

Arachnophobia, Ophidiophobia, oh but wait, here’s a new one…Islamophobia.

Islamophobia, a word made up to describe the rising fear of Muslims. What many people do not know is that the word Islam actually comes from the word “salam” meaning peace.

Oh, the painful irony. Right?

Society has been conditioned to view all Muslims as “anti-American,” but in reality the majority of Muslims love being American.

Shocker.

So don’t be afraid, Muslims won’t come crawling up your leg in the middle of the night. We don’t have 8 legs and are not dime size.

We’re not slithering “serpents” waiting to wrap around your legs.

So why are Muslims feared?

It should take a lot more for someone to be categorized as a terrorist than just covering their heads, or having facial hair that the average “American” man would not have.

Since the terror attacks of 9/11, Muslims have been the media’s target. Recent events prove, we still are.

The loss of three beautiful young students, Deah, Yusor, and Razan. Executed by their neighbor, and for what? Who they are, and the way they look.

A few media outlets have attempted to downplay the execution of three students by stating it was the result of a simple parking dispute.  Had the situation been reversed, and the murderer was in fact Muslim, he would have been be auto-labeled as a terrorist. No questions asked.

This hate has spiraled out of control because of the actions of a few, who actually go completely against the values of Islam.

If you hate Islam here’s what you need to realize: Islam is perfect, but here is the kicker – wait for it – Muslims are not.

What? Humans aren’t perfect?

Yes, you got it. And guess what? Every single religion has a group of “extremists” or “radicals.” Ever heard of Timothy McVeigh? Probably not, radical Christian. White.  I can also tell you about the Sandy Hook shooting and the Aurora theatre shooting, but wait they were mentally ill, so its alright – we’ll just get them the help they need.

When the suspect is a Muslim, the whole Muslim population is blamed.

The justification for this hate not only stems from the media itself, but this statement right here: “The Quran says kill the infidels.” Talk about taking something out of context.

It clearly states in the Qur’an: “Whoever kills another one without justifiable cause, surely he is killing all of humanity. And whoever saves the life of another one, surely he saves the lives of all of humanity.” (Surah Al-Ma’aidah: 32)

Please note that it says all of humanity, and does not only focus on Muslims.  Islam does not preach violence. Islam discusses the need for a reason and to understand limits. If someone attacks you, defend yourself, but do not go overboard.  “Fight in the cause of God against those who fight you, but do not transgress limits. God does not love transgressors.” (Surah Al-Baqara: 190)

Islam is a religion of purity, respect, and peace.

“And the servants of Allah . . . are those who walked on the earth in humility, and when the ignorant address them, they say ‘peace'” (25:63)

So how do we cure Islamophobia? Knowledge and understanding.

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